La Liga president, Javier Tebas, has announced the date and time of the next El Clásico: “El Clásico will be held on the Saturday 3rd of December at 16:15 [Spanish time]”, said in an interview with the radio show ‘El Larguero’.
Javier Tebas had already expressed his interest in El Clásico to be played in the early afternoon, either at 13:00 or at 16:15, Spanish time. This is not the usual time for a big clash in La Liga, because Spanish people are used to watch the games in the late evening, kick off from 20:00 to 22:00.
The game cannot be watched in the UK live. Kick off will be at 3pm London time, so the Premier League games will be taking place and the TV won’t be able to show El Clásico. Unfortunately, British people will have to watch the game in the Internet or when El Clásico is finished.
However, this is changing in the recent times. Now, every single game in La Liga is played at a different time, so everybody can watch all the games in live. Besides, they’ve added new schedules, including in the morning and early afternoon, where people are used to take a nap during the weekends instead of watching football. According to the president of La Liga “income has been doubled” with these new schedules.
Last time El Clásico was played at Nou Camp on the 2nd of April at 20:30 local time. It was the first El Clásico with Zinedine Zidane as a coach and Real Madrid beat big rivals Barcelona 1-2 after coming back with goal scored by Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Piqué opened the score. They got revenge after the humiliating game at Santiago Bernabéu in November, when Barcelona thrashed Los Blancos 0-4.
Real Madrid will have a very difficult calendar at the end of the year. They will face Atlético de Madrid, Sporting Portugal, FC Barcelona and Valencia in away games in a row. Besides, they will have to travel to Japan to play the FIFA World Cup. Los Blancos need to arrive at the end of the year in a good physical shape to win these very important games.